The Gears of War series is known for its blockbuster action and buckets of gore, but developer Epic reckons it spins a decent yarn, too.
Executive Producer of the Gears of War franchise Rod Fergusson pointed towards the Maria scene from Gears of War 2 as evidence that Epic was doing something right when it comes to storytelling.
"We were successful with the Maria scene," Fergusson told Eurogamer. "If you were willing to go along for the ride of why you're playing that game, if you were able to take part in that story and you weren't skipping every cutscene, a lot of people were affected by the Maria scene.
"The YouTube posting of it and the listing of all the people saying they cried, and when we were at Comic-Con I'm like, raise your hand if you cried at the Maria death and a third of the audience raised their hands - I'm like, OK, we've reached some people, clearly.
"Do I think that was the pinnacle of our ability to tell story? No. But it was a good moment."